by Sarina Coventry BHSc, Nutritionist in Manly

Do you hate your body but wish you loved your body? So many of us struggle with body image and loving our bodies. Our nutritionist has some simple tips to change your mindset about your body.

We take our bodies for granted. We may use and abuse it on the weekends, smash it through endless HIIT workouts, squish it into tight jeans, pump it with too much coffee and make it stay up late binging on Netflix series. 

Media perpetually tells us that we must look better, thinner and younger. What if becoming friends with your body ACTUALLY made you love and appreciate it for all that it is rather than what it isn’t? 

Here are 3 tips to love your body.

SELF TALK

You probably wouldn’t tell your bestie she looks fat and ugly so why would you talk to your body that way? Although it takes practice, you can simply start by taking note of your thoughts and the quality of self-talk. Gradually you can begin to replace the negatives with positives and become your own biggest fan!

*Tip: Write down 3 things you are grateful to your body for daily.

CONNECT

Friendship is built on connection and getting to know one another on a deeper level so who best to do this with than your own body? A lot of women experience periods of disconnection from the self. Although there are multiple reasons, simply becoming aware and acknowledging these can bring you closer to your body.

*Tip: Check in with how your body FEELS first thing in the morning. Tired, bursting with energy, a little bit sore? Simply taking the time to be aware of your body brings you closer to becoming best friends!

NOURISH

As a Nutritionist this is definitely a biggie in my books! Ever noticed how crappy you feel after a huge night out and the remnants of an inhaled kebab in your stomach? I’m not telling you to quit your Saturday night partying but if you’re not putting healthy fuel in the tank then you can’t expect your body to run smoothly and efficiently. By feeding yourself with foods that are nourishing, you and your body can work together rather than against each other.

*Tip: Reduce the food you consume out of a packet and swap if for fresh fruit, veggies, beans, legumes, grains and non-processed proteins.

Our Nutritionist Sarina Coventry can guide you towards nourishing your body, creating simplicity around food choices, cooking and building sustainable, long term habits.

Reach out for a nutrition consultation with Sarina HERE